The Anatomy of a Drug Test

Have you ever thought long and hard about how a drug test works? Isn’t it strange that we can eat or inhale a substance that will later show up in your urine? It seems confusing until you understand the literal chemistry behind drug use, particularly marijuana: 

From Pot to Pot (and a Urine Test)

Step 1 – Testing Your Boundaries

It doesn’t matter if you smoke pot or ingest it through brownies or gummies, once marijuana enters your system, you have officially used the drug and all those scary chemicals are now in traveling through your body.

Step 2 – Your Blood Absorbs the Chemicals

When you smoke marijuana, the smoke deposits the chemicals into your lungs. The primary chemical in pot is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is lightning-quick and strong. As soon as the chemicals enter your lungs, they quickly go into your bloodstream.

When you ingest marijuana – by eating pot brownies, for example – the chemicals travel straight to your stomach. Although the THC takes longer to enter the bloodstream, the chemicals will eventually find their way into your blood. Some users argue that this “high” will last longer.

Step 3- Your Blood Takes Those Chemicals to the Rest of Your Body

Once chemicals enter your bloodstream, they begin traveling throughout your system. THC quickly makes it to the brain, which is why many pot smokers experience rapid impairment, short-term memory loss and more. This process is known as “the high.” The chemicals don’t just stay in your bloodstream and brain, however.

Step 4 – Waste is Excreted

THC cycles through all major organs once it’s in the bloodstream just like any other chemical. When your body excretes waste from your body, it includes the THC chemical from marijuana. Your kidneys are responsible for processing waste out of your bloodstream; while your urine is mostly water, it includes toxins, chemicals, and dead blood cells from your body. Therefore, THC will eventually show up in your urine. Really, any bodily fluid excreted by your body will have traces of THC, so hair or fingernail drug tests will show signs of usage.

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Comments

  1. This is really interesting. You don’t normally get to see the ins and outs of how a drug test actually works. Thanks for sharing this information, I really enjoyed learning this process.

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